Assemble: Some of its parts

An evening of micro-lectures from the Turner Prize-winning architecture collective’s members


07:00pm, Tuesday, 23 February 2016


09:30pm, Tuesday, 23 February 2016


£12 full price

£10 concessions

£5 Young Barbican (no booking fees)

£10 Barbican Members (no booking fees)

£10 Architecture Foundation Members

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Assemble recently rocked the art and architecture worlds by scooping the 2015 Turner Prize. Their win and the questions it inevitably raised stirred public and professional debate alike. But glitzy award ceremonies and column inches aside their grounded attitude and architecture, for many, embody the values of a generation of socially conscious, nimble practitioners.

In an industry notorious for dubiously crediting the work of vast collaborative teams to single auters, Assemble’s strong commitment to collective authorship stands out in particular. The very name ‘Assemble’ suggests an idea of design in which the finished artifact only gains meaning as the sum of its equal parts. Individual members of the practice lecture widely on the work, origin and methods of the group as a whole but rarely is that collective story teased apart into its constituent voices.

For this special event we have asked Assemble to prepare short talks on a person, building, object or artwork which has influenced and resonates with their position as individual designers. In this swift-paced format we hope to uncover some of the variations among Assemble’s many members with add up to such a rich mix.

The event will be followed by an audience Q&A chaired by Phineas Harper.

About Assemble

Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective of 14 members working across architecture, design and art. Based in London, they began working together in 2010 on theCineroleum, a self-initiated project that transformed an abandoned petrol station on Clerkenwell Road, central London, into a cinema. In 2011, Assemble also created Folly for a Flyover in conjunction with the Barbican and CREATE 2011. Assemble describes itself as ‘committed to both the practice of making things and the practice of making things happen’. It seeks to actively engage the public as participant and collaborator in its work, which includes community playgrounds, affordable workspace, arts venues and improvements to public space. Often improvised and temporary, the work is characterised by an emphasis on the process of construction and the activities of the spaces created, as well as the completed building form.